Barça is the most active club in a transfer window marked by the drop in income derived from covid-19 and the determining factor of the salary limit
After the summer of 2020, the most unusual in football, the summer has recovered its traditional development this year. The signings are back and a pre-season to use, with its double training sessions, its stays abroad and its friendly matches, everything that was not there before the start of the 2020-21 campaign, practically linked to a continuation of the previous one by that to recover what was lost during the stoppage due to the covid-19 pandemic.
However, and precisely because of the economic damage that the coronavirus has caused to the clubs, without spectators in the stands for more than a year and with the interest of the spectator in decline, the transfer market is simmering, moving quantities modest in money and with great care in each operation. LaLiga’s salary limit is another of the conditions when it comes to facing large signings, since a high salary forces the lace of bobbins through forced and unprofitable exits.
In this context, the most active to date is Barça. Depay, Agüero, Eric García arrived at zero cost and Emerson returned to the Barça club after his loan to Betis. Four incorporations and six departures confirmed to date, those of Junior to Leeds, Trincao to Wolverhampton, Todibo to Nice, Aleñá to Getafe, youth squad Konrad de la Fuente to Olympique de Marseille and the termination of Matheus’ contract, absolutely unnoticed in his stage in the city of Barcelona.
In total, 31 million euros in cash but little wage bill released, insufficient for Messi’s new contract. That is why the chapter on farewells is far from closed. For the signing of the Argentine ’10’, as it does not cease to be once his relationship is over, the departure of Griezmann is presumed necessary and that is where what may be the operation of the summer is cooked. Although Barça’s wish would be to release the Frenchman’s substantial record with a transfer or departure to a foreign club, the player’s desire is to return to Atlético and at the Camp Nou they are not in a position to demand given the pressing need and time trial to lower the global amount of the tokens of its staff.
That is where Saúl comes into play, on the mattress exit ramp after a discreet season and who would seek to recover his best version dressed as a Barça player. Either in a barter or including a not very high amount of money, the Elche midfielder would cross his path with Griezmann’s, thus clearing the offensive jam from Barcelona, giving Koeman an option in the core, where the Dutchman detects a certain weakness, and reinforcing an almost dreamy rojiblanco attack that already delights Simeone. It would be the icing on the cake for an Atlético who, in the most outstanding signing to date, closed in exchange for 35 million euros the arrival of Argentine Rodrigo de Paul, one of the sensations of the Copa América. Loans Torreira and Moussa Dembélé came out.
Once the exchange between Griezmann and Saúl has been confirmed and the continuity of Messi that seems on track has been announced, Barça would still have three hot potatoes left with the exits of Umtiti and Pjanic, who want to terminate the contract but are not willing to resign as well as his succulent salaries, and the solution for Coutinho, an even more complex case since the 120 million fixed euros plus another 40 in variables that his signing cost are far from amortization and the Brazilian’s record is considerable.
Returns after loan
The summer is being calmer at Real Madrid, at least in the chapter of ups and downs. And that the Whites were the first to make a move with the return of Ancelotti to the Santiago Bernabéu bench after Zidane’s goodbye. The farewell to Sergio Ramos, heading to PSG, is still a drastic loss despite the fact that it was already expected. From the Chamartín club they had the departure of their captain in the last six seasons after he rejected the initial renewal offer and therefore closed the arrival of Alaba with enough time, which ended his relationship with Bayern and seems like a defender of guarantees.
With the returns after transfer of Bale, Odegaard, Jovic, Ceballos, Brahim, Vallejo and Kubo in the white squad there is now ‘overbooking’, waiting for departures like Varane. The French center-back is still determined not to renew a contract that ends in June 2022, so the club is already considering a possible transfer to make cash, with Manchester United as a possible destination.
The proof of the prevailing austerity in the League is given by the fact that beyond the signing of Rodrigo de Paul, an operation worth 35 million euros, the only notable movements in the national market are the purchase option on Foyth for the which Villarreal paid 15 million to Tottenham, the transfer of Croatian Budimir from Mallorca to Osasuna for an amount of eight million and the sale of Aleñá from Barça to Getafe in exchange for five million. Waiting for a highlight in the second half of July and August, the month of the big signings, everything else is low amounts, free player movements and transfers. These are lean times and every euro counts.